maverick sabre - leeds wardrobe 4th april 19

Full review below

 He’s been away from music for a while but it’s good to welcome back Maverick Sabre and the release of his new album ‘When I Wake Up’ and a string of UK dates see him in fine form. His distinctive slightly raspy soulful voice is still as powerful as ever. 

The opening track of tonight’s gig ‘Preach’ is initially done accapella style and once the pared back piano kicks in, his soulful voice confirms that he’s still well and truly in the game, and the capacity crowd at the Wardrobe in Leeds were quick to show their appreciation. Tonight, material from his new album formed the spine of the gig, and clearly having some time away from the music business has done him no harm at all. 

Drifting’ with it’s insistent drum and bass line hook was for me the standout track of the evening which developed into a tight irresistible groove topped off with a nice little call and response section. 

Labelling Maverick Sabre has always been a challenge, his style is a mix of soul, R&B, Rap and Hip Hop all thrown into the blender and it works. Of course, having distinctive vocals helps and all these elements are displayed with the excellent ‘Slow Down’, which on the album is a duet with Jorja Smith.

Let Me go’ with its powerful percussive beat, reminiscent of Massive Attack was another standout track of the evening and had the entire room dancing. Of course, ‘I Need’ had to be given an outing and this gave the crowd another opportunity to take over on lead vocals.

 A notable mention also has to be given to the remaining 4 members of the band who were on the money and were the ideal platform for Maverick to deliver a powerhouse performance tonight. It’s good to see him back and in fine voice. His new material and this gig confirm that he is still a unique talent with something to say. 

Long may he continue… 

Set list:

· Preach

· Her Grace

· I Can Never Be

· Used To Have It All

· Let me Go

· Into Nirvana

· Mile Away/Who Knows

· Follow The Leader

· Slow Down

· Drifting

· Come Fly Away

· Shooting The Stars

· Sometimes

· I Need

· Glory